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Comment Spam returns

24th February 2010

Comment spam has returned to Taskboy, but this time, it's personal.

The first version of comment spam appeared to be from a program that simply crawled sites and looked to hook into the comment systems of most blogs. The content of these comments was clearly mechanically produced and made little sense. Technologies like CAPTCHA have mostly eliminated that sort of noise.

I know get messages that are either written by the world's greatest ELISA bot or by poorly paid folks with computers. The content of these human generated messages are often on point and could be attempts to participate in a dialog. However, there is always a URL form that points to a business associated with the posts.

Some of these comments I post. Some I do not. I did not want to unfairly reject a comment. However, I'm pretty sure I see the pattern now and will be less lenient in the future.

Tags: spam